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Transmigracja Timothy'ego Archera (VALIS Trilogy #3)

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The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, the final novel in the trilogy that also includes Valis and The Divine Invasion, is an anguished, learned, and very moving investigation of the paradoxes of belief. It is the story of Timothy Archer, an urbane Episcopal bishop haunted by the suicides of his son and mistress--and driven by them into a bizarre quest for the identity of C ...more
Published January 2012 by Rebis (first published 1982)
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Jan 07, 2013 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first thoughts about The Transmigration of Timothy Archer was what a terrible shame, what a great loss that Philip K. Dick died so young.

His voice had matured in the 80s but his imagination and his speculative genius was still very much intact and vibrant as in the 50s. My second thought was (and I have wondered this same thought after reading other books by him) why in the world was he not more popular in his own time.

He was ahead of his time, way ahead of his time. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinc
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer: Explores madness, suicide, faith, the occult
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Philip K Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth (1985) and VALIS (1981) were strange but moving attempts to make sense of his bizarre religious experiences in 1974 when a hyper-rational alien mind contacted him via a pink laser from space. He then wrote The Divine Invasion (1981) and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982), both loosely connected titles in the VALIS TRILOGY, although
Aug 27, 2013 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
“No single thing abides; and all things are fucked up.”
― Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer


Transmigration of Timothy Archer was brilliant in parts, very engaging, but there were also pieces that just didn't quite fit. I'm willing to give PKD a lot of credit for attempting, so late in his life, a 'mainstream novel'. Ultimately, however, I couldn't quite swallow the whole book (oh me of little faith). I'm not sure if it was a dissatisfaction with it not living up to my expectati
Jan 26, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some notes upon finishing the book.

This is NOT the third book in the "VALIS Trilogy". It is what the author says it is in What If Our World Is Their Heaven, a literary novel that took more out of him to write than four SF novels. He had something to get out about life in general, and his experience with Bishop James Pike in particular, and this is it, a thing in itself. There is nothing here that requires the kind of suspension of disbelief demanded by genre SF. All is derived from conventional
Jul 31, 2007 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tweekers
see Dick. See Dick run. See Dick write about the sacred quest to escape one's body and transcend the narrow human perception of experience through the ongoing search for the essential logos via the ingestion of psychedelic mushrooms while retracing the steps of the Christ. (pant)
Graham Cope
Feb 16, 2016 Graham Cope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The fixed idea of madness is fascinating, if you are inclined toward viewing with interest something that is palpably impossible yet nonetheless exists.” (p.97)

The Transmigration of Timothy Archer is the final novel Philip K. Dick completed before his untimely death in March 1982. Often listed as the third part of the VALIS Trilogy, it bears little relation to the first two VALIS books. (Dick’s intended third part of the trilogy, The Owl in Daylight, never progressed beyond a rough outline.) It
Nov 07, 2008 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, favourites, novels
wow. well, this is pretty fresh in my mind, and it's been a couple of weeks. that doesn't surprise me though because the ideas that dick toyed with in his last cycle of books are to me the most compelling, indeed the most disturbing and challenging to my mind. dick's narrator angel archer is one of his most resonant, matter-of-fact, and yes, human. she is a rare accomplishment in terms of his development of a female character, though this may well be because she has his own very human voice, or ...more
Oct 23, 2008 Darryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erin
PDK's swan song, as it turned out. It is also his most life-affirming book he ever wrote. Part biographical, part literary fiction and part paranormal mystery and 100% Masterpiece, this book is told from the perspective of a woman, something Dick had never done before. That he pulls it off so easily is a testament to the narrative powers that Dick possessed. Sadly, he died weeks after completing this outstanding book. The plot twist is particularly to die for.
May 07, 2016 fromcouchtomoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easier to pay attention to than The Divine Invasion, but still heavy on the Sunday School, I find myself missing the mind-trip of the previous novels. PKD seems to handle women better as first-person female protags. The best parts are when Angel philosophizes about books and records.
May 23, 2011 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine what it would be like to meet Philip K Dick at a dinner party in the mid 70's. He seems to be the person who would dominate a conversation, but in a good way. Filled with ideas, stories, convoluted connections and theories. After a few drinks I'd think "This guy is a genius!". But then when I woke up the next morning, I'm not sure if any of it would make any sense, but still I'd invite him over again to hear what he had to say. What a character he must have been! What a loss that he died ...more
Jul 19, 2007 Ferret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I was surprised by the tone of the book, which is not typical for Dick, when I started reading. But as I adjusted to it, I really started to like it. There is an honesty and a nakedness to Angel Archer's narration that is startling and difficult, yet simultaneously extremely charming. You can't help but love Angel, not in any sort of physical way but in a deep emotional way.

Unlike Horselover Fat in VALIS, who is also a stand-in for Dick the way Angel is in this novel, Angel is honest with the r
Jul 27, 2011 Fifthwindow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Anna Syromenos
Good but totally unlike any PKD I've read before. If it didn't have his name on the cover I'd have never guessed.

It postures a bit too much for me. A few too many excerpts from literary sources, quotes a little too often. The first half of the novel is thinly-veiled religious exegesis which I love otherwise, just not in a novel. The second half is entirely redeeming.
Oct 08, 2008 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, the third part of a trilogy beginning with Valis, was nowhere near as mindblowingly wacky as Valis. Rather it was bitter and full of denial. The common thread between Valis and Transmigration is that someone is confronted with the reality of the supernatural, life after death, the resurrection, and they turn their back on it. The major problem in Transmigration is the coldness of the narrator. It sucks to finish reading this book, because even when confronted with everything she has w ...more
Nov 13, 2008 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my very favorite books, since way back when I first read it in 97 or 98. Not really "sci-fi", and although it's technically the third book in the Valis trilogy, you don't need to read the others to read this, and there aren't any spoilers for the first two books, it's standalone. Deals with a lot of the emotions around people you love dying.
Feb 02, 2017 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I let a random number generator tell me what book to read next based on my goodreads to-read list and I get yet another book propagating the idea that religion is based on the burning bushes and whatnot seen with the aid of hallucinogenic drugs. If I were a transmigrated Philip K. Dick I might be feeling a little paranoid about this now.
Apr 19, 2016 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A criticism often levelled at Dick is that his female characters are badly written, and it’s hard to deny it. Particularly in his earlier work, the female characters, when they exist at all, are an amalgamation of every dreadful trope regarding women in popular fiction. They are poorly developed, flimsy. They are nagging wives, whores, and addicts. The lecturer who took the SF module I did at uni (we read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which is a fairly tame offender) pointed to his succe ...more
Terza e ultima variazione sul tema del divino che incontra l'umano, La trasmigrazione di Timothy Archer è anche l'ultimo romanzo compiuto di Dick, arrestato nella sua produzione letteraria da una morte prematura. Eppure salta all'occhio la singolare coincidenza: proprio lui, che tutta la vita aveva cercato di affermarsi come scrittore mainstream, senza successo, ripiegando quindi su una più renumerativa produzione fantascientifica, all'apice della sua ultima grande opera abbandona per sempre la ...more
Benjamin Bryan
Dec 26, 2016 Benjamin Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read. If you enjoy Valis or The Divine Invasion, this final book of the trilogy is a worthwhile read. Like The Divine Invasion, it's not directly connected to Valis, but ties in well in terms of the theme.

Feb 19, 2015 Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am always delighted by an author that can draw on a vast catalogue of historical fact and philosophy and reincarnate it into a wholly new world of possibility.
Long ago I read Valis, the first volume of Philip K. Dick’s final Trilogy and it stood as a most unique example of the art of reinvention. It was a book that held a special place for me that was hard to define. This was probably because its structure allowed me to see the epistemology of religion unfixed and fluid, redrawn by the skille
Oct 13, 2014 Anuraag rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most amazing coincidence is when you pick up a book which you not just wanted to read, but needed to, at that particular time and place. I picked up this book because the cover vaguely described it to be a book about "faith and belief". Keeping the hollow and naive description by the publisher aside, the fact that this was Dick's last ever published book, and a non- sci-fi at that, was enough to convince me to read it.

Go read this if you have ever felt tormented by lack(or abundance)
Feb 28, 2016 29alabs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La última novela de Philip K. Dick sigue la estructura establecida en VALIS, pero sin un toque de ciencia ficción, es un trabajo mucho más enfocado a las relaciones que las personas tienen con otras personas que no comparten el mismo paradigma de la realidad.

El libro se enfoca en Angel Archer y su relación con varias personas entre ellos su suegro Tim, que resulta ser un obispo bastante bien colocado en la sociedad americana pero con sus propios problemas que empiezan a florecer al conseguirse
Martin Hernandez
La obra final de Philip K. DICK es una bella declaración acerca de la espiritualidad y la pérdida de seres queridos. No contiene una sola frase que sea de ciencia ficción, todo lo contrario. Otra característica inesperada es que el narrador es un personaje femenino, siendo, hasta donde recuerdo, el único caso entre los escritos de DICK. La novela está bellamente escrita, es clara y directa, a diferencia de "VALIS" y "The Divine Invasion", con las que esta obra integra una trilogía. Al tiempo ...more
Antes que nada quiero destacar que si han leído VALIS, esta obra transita los mismos derroteros… no en vano es el último libro de Philip Dick. Pero no me ha gustado mucho, pues su filosofía religiosa no me identifica, está errada y/o sencillamente no la comparto.

Y debo, a continuación, citar una parte del libro, que resume muy bien mi experiencia leyéndolo:

—Perderse entre las palabras sin sentido —dijo Barefoot—. Ser como un mercader de palabras. Sin contacto con la vida. Tim había ido muy lejos
Jan 25, 2008 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: English majors at Cal State
Shelves: literature
This book is totally different from any other PKD I've read. I'm not an expert on his writings, but this was comparitively not really weird enough, exciting enough, interesting enough, or sci-fi enough for me. The main character (narrator) was curiously absent and difficult to identify with. She just seemed invisible, like she could have been left out and the book would have been essentially the same. Timothy Archer was kind of an interesting character, but I had a hard time digesting all the li ...more
May 06, 2009 Jlawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first and last chapters of this book are strong enough that they redeem some of the uneven writing and plotting of the middle. In fact, the first chapter is the single best piece of writing by PKD that I've been exposed to so far. I loved its female narrator, Angel Archer, as PKD always seemed to struggle to pull off fully nuanced female characters before, but Angel is a convincing, complexly-drawn personality. Also notable for being the most seemingly skeptical, 'down-to-earth' take on PKD' ...more
This was the first selection for a new book group I'm organizing, and although I understand why it was chosen, I think I would have picked something else. I didn't like it much, and putting it into the science fiction genre is a stretch, albeit a plausible stretch. The characters are true-to-life in a way that reminds me a little of some people I've known in the past, and glad that I don't hang out with them so much any more. The characters -- and consequently the book -- lean heavily on rambli ...more
Daniel Parks
Aug 17, 2013 Daniel Parks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dick was struggling to understand something during this final period of his tragically brief life. As such, his work suffered from both too much and too little focus. His attempts to turn philosophical and existential musing into an entertaining work of fiction fall short of the mark with this one I believe (unlike VALIS, which I think anyone will agree is the best of his final "trilogy"). Still, as with everything the man wrote, there IS a great deal of entertainment value here, and this is an ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am glad I returned to to one of my favorite authors. Philip K. Dick has an incredibly personal and self-revealing quality to his writing that is both comical and complex. His wordings are mind-twisting, sometimes challenging and compelling. Empowered by the challenge I sunk my teeth into this novel and made a comprehensive practice with decoding the style of it. I have to pause constantly to interpret his character's humor and wit, and the puzzle is really what I find reading to be all about.
Jul 26, 2013 B.P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had previously rated this at 5 stars, but upon second read had to downgrade the rating. Why? Because there are some really long and boring passages & some questionably sexist parts in the book. What Philip K. Dick succeeds in doing extremely well, is writing about loss, sadness, belief, faith and interpretation of madness. Those to me are very interesting themes.
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